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Week 2: The Twin Cities Jazz Festival Returns to Peavey Plaza, June 28-July 1 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Monday, 25 June 2007
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Barbara Morrison © Andrea Canter
The 9th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival got underway last weekend in Mears Park in St. Paul in grand fashion, with perfect weather, an enthusiastic crowd and steaming hot jazz from such luminaries as Kenny Garrett and Chuchito Valdes. The forecast is the same this weekend as the festival moves to downtown Minneapolis, centered around Peavey Plaza. Summer sunshine and a music schedule featuring national stars and local sensations are expected to attract a total of 75,000 listeners to one of the upper midwest’s most popular (and free!) jazz events of the year.

The Minneapolis weekend kicks off Thursday night on Peavey Plaza with Big George Jackson’s Chicago Blues at 5 pm, followed by a special Tribute to Duke Ellington concert at adjacent Orchestra Hall at 7:30 pm, presented by Delfeayo Marsalis and his octet, featuring brother Branford. (Click here for more information about this concert. )

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2007 Savannah Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 23 June 2007
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Kenny Barron © John Sann
Savannah, Georgia is known for its commitment to the arts and the many festivals that are offered during the year.  The week-long Savannah Jazz Festival, one of the largest and most popular of the Savannah festivals, is presented by the Coastal Jazz Association and is dedicated to the growth of jazz and jazz audiences in the Coastal Empire.
The 26th Savannah Jazz Festival, celebrating jazz as a living art built on a constantly evolving tradition will offer all types of jazz, from Dixieland, traditional swing, straight-ahead and bop to melodic standards, and funky down-home "gutbucket" blues.

The festival features the best in international, national, regional and local jazz talent.   The 2007 festival will feature (among others) Kenny Barron, Ben Riley, Rashied Ali, The Yellowjackets, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Tim Hagans, and Vincent Herring.
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Just Down the Road: The 2007 Iowa City Jazz Festival, June 29-July 1 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Saturday, 23 June 2007

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Airto Moreira
Just about anywhere you live in the Midwest, you are less than a day away from one of the nation’s best kept cultural secrets—the Iowa City Jazz Festival. Taking place annually over the first weekend of July, the Iowa City Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th on June 29-July 1. Held on the famed (and shaded!) “Pentacrest” of the University of Iowa, this festival has grown in stature and musical offerings to be one of the best of the free outdoor festivals in the nation, and is now a major component of the Iowa City Summer of the Arts program. With major sponsorship from Toyota-Scion of Iowa City, headliners this year blend high energy and sophisticated musicianship, including Ray Anderson, Airto Moriera, Cuong Vu, Stanton Moore, Don Byron, Ben Allison and the Derek Trucks Band. Interspersed among the national headliners will be the best of local and regional jazz, as well as youth and college band stages promoting the future of jazz in Iowa and beyond.

There’s an expanded schedule Friday evening to get the fun underway, with Brazilian legend Airto Moriera on the main stage with Eyedentity; Saturday and Sunday offer nonstop music from 2 pm til after dark, closing Sunday with the amazing Derek Trucks Band. Jams at the nearby Sheraton Hotel and area music bars ensure many hours of jazz for those who just can not get enough. Concessions across from the Pentacrest will keep the crowds fueled throughout the weekend, and feature such nonstandard Iowa fare as gourmet delights from the cuisines of India, Africa, Greece and Asia, along with “state fair” staples like corn dogs and ice cream.

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Al Green, George Benson Headline 30th Annual Freihofer's Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY PDF Print
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Tuesday, 19 June 2007
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Rev. Al Green

Legendary soul and gospel singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Al Green will make his first appearance at the 30th Annual Freihofer's Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday, June 24. Green, whose career spans four decades, is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest soul singers of our time.

Green became a household name in the 1970s after a number of celebrated hits including, "Let's Stay Together" and "I'm Still in Love with You," topped the charts. In the ensuing years, Green had seven number one albums and 16 Top 10 singles in the US alone. Yet, at the height of his career, personal tragedy propelled Green into ministry - a commitment that would take him away from R&B and popular music for many years.


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29th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, August 30-September 2, 2007 PDF Print
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Sunday, 17 June 2007
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Herbie Hancock
The City of Chicago is proud to announce the lineup for the 29th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, August 30-September 2, 2007. The festival begins with a ticketed concert at the Chicago Symphony Center on August 30 and then moves to Grant Park for three days of free music, August 31-September 2, 2007.

Opening night will feature An Evening with Herbie Hancock beginning at 7:30p.m. This Academy Award and multiple Grammy ® Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago is known for incorporating elements of rock, funk and soul into his songs. Ticket prices range from $16 to $46 and are available at the Chicago Symphony Center box office (312) 294-3000 or on www.cso.org .

Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2, all are invited to join the festivities in Grant Park FREE music on three stages. The event opens daily at 11 a.m., with music beginning at noon on the Jazz on Jackson stage and 12:30 p.m. at the Jazz and Heritage Family Stage. Then at 5 p.m., music lights up the night at the Petrillo Music Shell for three evenings of spectacular Jazz performances, tributes and entertainment for any fan of Jazz music to enjoy.
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Mose Allison Headlines 13th Annual Lansing Old Town JazzFest, August 3rd and 4th PDF Print
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Wednesday, 13 June 2007

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Mose Allison © Andrea Canter
 
LANSING, Mich. (June 13, 2007) – The 13th annual Lansing Old Town JazzFest, which is put on annually by the Old Town Business & Art Development Association (OTBADA),  will be held this year from Aug. 3-4. The 2007 JazzFest will feature an international jazz sensation as well as local favorites for an eclectic jazz blend sure to please any music enthusiast.

Mose Allison, this year’s headliner, began playing jazz at the age of five in Tippo, Miss. Looking to Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Nat Cole for inspiration, his style marries jazz with rustic blues, carried by his clever and sometimes humorous lyrics. His works have been covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, The Who, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and Van Morrison, who dedicated an entire album to his songs.


Allison is internationally known but is especially well-received in England, where UK’s Time Out said, “Mose Allison’s popularity in the UK dates from the ‘60s, when his mixture of Delta-born blues feel and his gift for writing a song with a sting in the tail made him a prime source of inspiration for the UK’s new generation of blues/rock artists.”  Allison can add Grammy nominee to his long list of accolades, of which he was recently recognized for his album Mose Chronicles, Live in London, Vol. I on Blue Note Records.

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